RG: .025 The Recon core used in the Ascent Solid is the same as found in the Ascent Pearl. This ball is aimed more at entry level performance.
Diff/Flare: The flare potential is on the low end. Stroker and Tweener saw close to two inches. Cranker saw slightly more.
Scale: 6/ 1-10
Torque: The pearlized cover adds more back end than the Ascent solid offers. More energy stored for the breakpoint turns into added motion at the back end.
OILY: 3/3/4 MEDIUM: 8/8/7 DRY: 9/9/8 SPORT: 4/3/5
Name: MOTIVator-Z Reactive Type: Reactive Pearl Box Finish: 2000 Wet Sand/ Power Gel Polish Color: Pink/Purple
Density: Dual Symmetrical
Length: The 2000 wet/sand finish with Power Gel Polish easily pushes down the lane. We needed the added friction of our dry test pattern to give us our best reaction.
Scale: 14/ 1-20
Back End: The back end is more than the Solid Ascent, but not nearly as much as balls in the QZ line. The back end is the least out of any pearl Motiv ball since the Recon RX1 Silver.
Scale: 44/ 1-100
Total Hook: Like with the back end, the only ball that hooks less than the Ascent Pearl is the Recon RX1 Silver. This ball offers easy length with moderate change of direction and hook.
Comments: The Ascent Pearl is the first of two new entry level products that will join the Motiv family this season. The Ascent Pearl is a shiny pearlized version of covers used on various QZ releases. This coverstock is paired with the core that was used in the two Recons from last season, which is a high RG, low differential core. The combination of a weaker core and glossy pearl coverstock matched this new ball up best with our short dry test pattern. Stroker and Tweener liked this one better than Cranker on this particular pattern for a few reasons. The Ascent pearl stored its energy better for these two testers because they were going straighter through the front of the lane. Cranker had to loop it more through the front to get it far enough down lane before it wanted to hook. Stroker and Tweener have slower ball speed than Cranker. Cranker could overpower this ball and throw it through the breakpoint. Moving to the medium test pattern we saw more of the same thing. The straighter angles played by the lower rev testers allowed them to keep the Ascent Pearl on line to the pocket. Cranker again had to go away from the pocket more and again this got him into trouble with missing the breakpoint. When we moved to the heavy test pattern, none of the testers could hook this ball at the box finish. We went to the same finish as the Ascent Solid, 1000 wet sand. The added surface texture gave us more hook, but this ball still would skid and had a more defined movement at the breakpoint. Personally, we would not suggest trying to make these balls work on stuff like this. Raptors will be a much better option. On the sport pattern, we would also look for a different ball to provide a better option. This ball is designed for lighter volumes of oil. The cover and core need more friction than our sport pattern provides. This ball could be a contender on sport patterns that are shorter or have less volume.
Strengths: The length and back end potential on lighter conditions are what stand out the most about this new release. Many previous releases got down the lane well but they lacked sufficient hitting power on shots that were not dead flush.
Weakness: This cover/core combination simply is not designed to handle heavy volumes of oil. Bowlers looking for added traction should look into the Ascent Solid.
Overall: The new Ascent line is designed for Motiv to get into the entry level performance niche. The pearl is designed for more length and more back end reaction for beginner bowlers or bowlers looking for a dry lane ball.